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Why we Want to Enter a Sham Parliament (Op-Ed)

Dmitry Potapenko

I have motionless to stand for parliament as a candidate for the usually celebration clinging to protecting private business.

People tell me it is an exercise in futility; that this new celebration will also tumble underneath the control of the authorities; and that the State Duma itself is hold on a parsimonious control by those in power.

I agree.

I have always pronounced that there is usually one celebration in Russia, and that is the presidential administration. Russians live in a feudal system, and we see on a daily basement how supposed “officials” act toward the business community. we know all of that ideally well.

But we have a simple choice. we could tell myself that this whole complement is passed in the water, that we are all feudal peasants, and that we should only yield sensitively behind into the kitchen and mind my possess business — literally.

Or we could take a second approach, and this is the one we prefer.

I am not a businessman — we am an entrepreneur, a word taken from the French “entreprendre” that means to undertake, trigger or start something. we have prolonged taken action, and now we am perplexing to help emanate one some-more tiny resource of influence that would capacitate the business village to convey the final and aspirations to those who make the decisions.

I infrequently ask my associate businessmen because we am the only one lifting a ruckus. After all, roughly all of us have drift for complaint. The authorities are possibly bulldozing the shops or seizing the businesses outright. So because aren’t any of them entrance forward? Folks, the authorities are chopping your legs off and you can’t even pattern the courage to say it hurts! we feel as if we am great alone in the wilderness.

We constantly take abuse from the law coercion agencies, the Federal Tax Service, internal glow departments, and so on. When the Tax Service reports that it collects some-more taxes any year even while the number of businesses declines, it means that ever fewer businesses are profitable ever aloft taxes.

And what are taxes? They are payments businesses make in return for certain supervision services. But those services never seem and tax collectors keep perfectionist more. That shows the inherent smirch in the proof of how the national bill is formed.

The current discourse between the state and the business village is like that between a butcher and a cow. we am in favor of doing something to change that, and not only fretting about it in my kitchen or on social networks.

Here is a simple example: Russian truckers have parked their vehicles outward Moscow for the final 4 months in protest for their rights. They have collected at Khimki and Tyoply Stan and are going hungry. If only one out of every 10 internal emporium owners who sell the goods those group lorry in would move them a little food to eat or a few rubles to live on, those protestors could go on fighting for their rights and ours.

Yes, the Duma is the Kremlin’s lapdog, though what good does it do to just chitchat about it? Get adult off your backside and do something about it!

I have a clear idea in taking partial in these parliamentary elections — to promote the rights of small and medium businesses. My charge is to gather the demands and aspirations of ordinary businesspeople and convey them to the power-brokers at the top.

I know that others, both in parliament and elsewhere, are also perplexing to do something to effect change.

I am also good wakeful that even if the celebration wins 5 Duma seats, we can’t put an immediate finish to this problem.

But, at least, if we do win something, the voice will be louder than it was before. 

Dmitry Potapenko is an independent businessman and a member of the domestic legislature of the Right Cause party.

Article source: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/561294.html